Elva AinsworthElva Ainsworth

Elva has been ringing since she was taught by her father at 12. She has rung in Amersham, London, Hertfordshire and Boston, MA, is a member of the Society of Royal Cumberland Youths and enjoyed peals until prevented by injury. Elva has been running her own IT and HR consultancy business “Talent Innovations Ltd” for twenty years and has lived in York with her family since 2018. She brings a commercial and market-focused perspective and five years’ experience of being on the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers.

Robert CrightonBob Crighton

Bob learned to ring 55 yrs ago in North Yorkshire. Service in the Royal Navy followed by a career in the law led to his ringing with a number of bands around the country, from a Devon call change band to Guildford Cathedral, where he and his wife rang for 26 yrs. Five years ago he rusticated to North Dorset and led a project to get “new” bells for the village church. An Ocean Yachtmaster, Bob is also a keen sailor with his own boat, and undertakes yacht deliveries.

Bob joined the Board in September 2020 and brings with him fourteen years of Board experience, having served as Secretary and General Counsel to the Port of London Authority and latterly as a Non-Executive Director of Harwich Haven Authority.

 

Paul Jopp (Chairman) Paul Jopp

Paul lives in Little Eaton, Derbyshire and is the owner of the light ring of 12 at St Oulton Campanile. Originally from Worcestershire where he learnt to ring, Paul rang his first peal at age 8 and has gone on to ring over 1200 peals including almost 400 in hand. He is a member of the Ancient Society of College Youths and has been Ringing Master at a number of towers including Derby Cathedral. Paul has recently retired having spent most of his working life in the IT industry as a Service Delivery Manager for Royal Mail, a Global Programme Director for CSC and a Regional Engineering Manager for proAV Limited.

Graham LayGraham Lay

Graham has been ringing for 45 years and for most of that time has been part of the band at Tewin in Hertfordshire. He spent 35 years working in the IT Services industry, where he ultimately had responsibility for millions of pounds of revenue occupying thousands of people around the world. Since retiring in 2014 he has been able to pick up with peal ringing again. Both of his sons participated in Young@Herts teams which competed in the Ringing World National Youth Contest before they went to university. Apart from ringing Graham is frequently found backstage managing sound or lighting for the Hertford Dramatic and Operatic Society, and is also their Chairman of Trustees. He enjoys gardening and DIY tasks. Graham has read The Ringing World throughout his ringing career and appreciates how it has provided insights and commentary into the various issues that have cropped up from time to time.

Simon LinfordSimon Linford

In 2019 Simon became President of the Central Council, having spent over 10 years as Master of the St Martin’s Guild. Simon’s ringing experience is wide ranging, from teaching the young Brumdingers and co-founding the Birmingham School of Bell Ringing, to ringing in and conducting some of the most complex (and long) peals ever rung. He is a Past Master of the College Youths, and has been a strong supporter of ART since its foundation. Having trained as a chartered accountant and then worked in early stage internet companies, Simon took over running his family building contractor Linford Group, before leaving to specialise in historic building development. He has taken five buildings off the “Heritage at Risk” register including two with bells - St John’s Hanley and St Luke’s Blakenhall. Simon is particularly interested in the long term strategic position of The Ringing World and BellBoard, and how they tie in with the wider fabric of ringing.

Claire Roulstone (Company Secretary)Claire Roulstone

Claire joined the board at the 2013 AGM and succeeded Ian Oram as Company Secretary in July. She prepares the agenda for board meetings, takes the minutes and is responsible for the Annual Returns to the Charity Commission and Companies House.

Claire is a member of the St Paul’s Cathedral Guild of Ringers and a member of the local band at the five-bell tower Silchester in Hampshire. A prolific peal ringer, she served the Oxford Diocesan Guild as Peal Secretary for eleven years, and is currently the Honorary Treasurer of the Society of Royal Cumberland Youths. She spent 25 years working as a civilian specialist for the Metropolitan Police dealing with various aspects of Criminal Justice and latterly the investigation of complaints made by members of the public. She brings both her administrative skills and her perspective as a practical ringer to the board.

David SmithDavid Smith

David joined the board in 2019. He is an Australian resident who returned to ringing in 2006 after a very long gap. He has served ANZAB in various roles including as President for 2015-18; he was appointed an ART tutor in 2014 and helped introduced ART courses into Australia and New Zealand; he became a Central Council rep for ANZAB in 2016, was on the CRAG review team, and was elected to the newly-formed CC Executive in 2018; he is the author of The Education Column in The Ringing World.

On the 'life outside ringing' front, David read Mathematics at Trinity, Cambridge, taught at various schools in UK and Australia in roles including Melbourne Grammar School's first Director of Computing, has set up various companies including two publishing companies, was a prolific author of education software, and has been only marginally successful in his attempts to retire. He has worked as a missionary in Papua New Guinea, is a singer, a pilot and a keen skier.

Richard Wallis

Richard joined the board in May 2011 and was appointed Finance Director shortly thereafter. Richard has been ringing for more than 30 years and been a member of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers for more than 20 years. He was Treasurer of the CC Publications Committee and then went on to become one of the Council's Independent Examiners.

Richard has always rung at Godstone and has been very involved in the Surrey Association – as its General Secretary for 25 years and as the holder of several District posts before and during that time. After training in private practice, Richard has held various finance jobs in the National Health Service – he is currently employed by the MH Foundation Trust covering Surrey, and looking forward to more investment in mental health services by the government. Outside ringing, he is Treasurer of Caterham URC, enjoys going to live music and various other things to get out of the house.

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